Welcome to 2 Steps Saved My Life, formed after a Life Changing experience some 10 years ago, where literally 2 steps saved Debbie Bryan from a fatal end, facing a year of not being able to work in her salon business, she discovered the true meaning of ON and not IN the business.
Following from this she has spent the last 10 years helping 1000’s of business owners to promote their businesses with multiple streams of income and growth. Debbie now wants to share the secrets that helped her clients discover who they really are and to lose the feelings of overwhelm, burnout and imposter syndrome.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Debbie Bryan: Just over 10 years ago, I was told I would be in a wheelchair at my now age of 55, during that time and to compensate I threw my self into business and whilst learning lots and working with the best coaches both in the UK and USA, I realised I was living someone else’s idea of me. Truly this made me feel that even though I was getting great successes for my clients, I was left feeling like is this it?
There wasn’t ever a sense of I was there it always felt around the next corner and then the next, which left me feeling like I was failing and an imposter to boot! I changed my Life, started being me and doing it my way not the corporate way and not only did Success come, but also an insane feeling of Joy and Satisfaction
How I do it:
With a deep dive into you, your values and the vision you see for your self, we create a plan to get you from where you are now to where you should be and Become the very Best Version of You. Book a Free Deep Dive, even if you don’t already know where you want to be yet, I would love to chat.
Why it Works:
Having studied with the best coaches in both UK and USA and gaining a Masters in NLP, I have discovered a system to give you both the understanding of what makes you truly happy in both your business and personal life. Understanding what really matters to you and how this can help you to overcome your fears and feelings of overwhelm and achieve transformational results.
For many as their Business has grown, you have a helping hand ready to guide you and so you also have the time freedom to enjoy all of your favorite things to do with your time, with all of the people you love!
2020 and 2021 threw a lot of curve balls into business on a global scale. Based on the experience gleaned in the past couple years, how can businesses thrive in 2022? What lessons have you learned?
Debbie Bryan: 2020 and 2021 were great for me, prior to this I had been teaching Social Media at Events and running a 6 figure Media Marketing company for Events.
With the lockdown all of that stopped as the events were cancelled and the venues closed, with no more travel and a little time on my hands I became more imaginative, setting up a virtual call centre for a Forbes Coaching client within 2 weeks and with a team of 10 introducing their webinars, to setting up a coaching company teaching how to use social media in your business. Whilst everyone else was bike riding and BBQing, I was empire building from my bedroom!
The pandemic seems to keep on disrupting the economy, what should businesses focus on in 2022? What advice would you share?
Debbie Bryan: 2022 should be about authenticity and relationship building, when things get tough your network will be the saviour, having a team of like minded people to inspire and who speak your language will be invaluable.
How has the pandemic changed your industry and how have you adapted?
Debbie Bryan: I have stayed in the coaching and mentoring space more so that Social Media marketing, I have a passion for helping others see the potential in themselves, that I can see but they don’t yet see their own Vision.
What advice do you wish you received when the pandemic started and what do you intend on improving in 2022?
Debbie Bryan: I was advised to build relationships, keep having conversations and keep stepping forward, none of us realised how long it was going to last, luckily I guess, I am now building stronger relationships with our Round Table Lunch Club for an elite group of entrepreneurs to meet up, connect and brainstorm new partnerships or ideas and as a bonus have an amazing lunch in a great venue which is launching this month.
Online business surged higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for 2022?
Debbie Bryan: Online business for me has been hugely successful, allowing me to stay helping people even when isolated with zooms, webinars and live coaching, but there is such a love of Face to Face meetings that is coming back, with the ability to bring different people to the room and be inspired by others success, this will never stop and is why we introduced the Round Table Lunch Club, who doesn’t love a catch up, great conversation and a chance to enjoy great food too?
How many hours a day do you spend in front of a screen?
Debbie Bryan: Eight.
The majority of executives use stories to persuade and communicate in the workplace. Can you share with our readers examples of how you implement that in your business to communicate effectively with your team?
Debbie Bryan: I use stories and analogies to build a vision in the workplace. For example right now, we are using the Story behind ‘2 Steps Saved My Life’ to demonstate the power of having a positive mindset. I was told over 10 years ago that by 55, which I am now, that I would be in a wheel chair.
Now some people would weep and resign themselves to this but I refused to, changing my life and pushing the boundaries, don’t get me wrong the early years were tough, painful and sometimes hopeless, but i persisted and after every operation seyt myself a challenge such as a Charity 26 mile walk or this year to celebrate a bike ride around India 360km in total.
The power of belief that you can achieve is unstoppable, this can easily be applied to small everyday tasks too, we don’t hear the word , we hear let’s try another way to our goal.
Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as the real challenge right now?
Debbie Bryan: The real challenge right now is to get your message out in a red ocean marketplace, coaching is a very saturated area and all too often I see business owners becoming frustrated with the challenges of getting your voice heard or understanding their niches.
After many years of working with some amazing coaches both here and in the USA, I want to help those people to get a true understanding of who they are, what their values are and how this can help them succeed, become the best version of themselves they can possibly be everyday, not just a poor impersonation of the coach they wish they could be like, that just leads to overwhelm a sense of not being enough or imposter syndrome, without a support network it is impossible to change.
In 2022, what are you most interested in learning about? Crypto, NFTs, online marketing, or any other skill sets? Please share your motivations.
Debbie Bryan: Having just completed a Masters in NLP I am really excited about combining this knowledges with my years of marketing, coaching and mentoring knowledge, I believe if we get the mindset right, we are UNSTOPPABLE. Once you can see your potential you cannot unsee it !
A record 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September in 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. 47% of people plan to leave their job during 2022. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. Do you think leaders see the data and think “that’s not me – I’m not that boss they don’t want to work for? What changes do you think need to happen?
Debbie Bryan: Understand that you are there to serve your team, and they are there to serve you. I worked for a fast growing call centre when my children were small and was pretty good on the phones, so much so that my manager didnt feel the need to manage me.
I arrived at 9.30 until 2.30 and he would not speak apart from a greeting, others who were underperforming he spent time on, which makes sense but he was too young at the time to see that he made me feel unimportant and undervalues, instead of respected and valued, he thought she’ just gets on with it.
I later became his manager, instil a culture that is inclusive and you will get 10x results.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Debbie Bryan: I would love to have a Business Superpower that allows me to write content quickly and without procrastination, alternatively a brilliant PA that does short hand 🙂
What does “success” in 2022 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Debbie Bryan: Success to me means inspiring others to do better for themselves, my mission is to help others to be the very best version of themselves, this is not just a lets be the best self, which is future paced but about being the best YOU today, in life and business.
Jerome Knyszewski, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Debbie Bryan for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Debbie Bryan or her company, you can do it through her – Linkedin Page
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